Originally Posted by haredrums
You are too modest! I just did a short post about soloing over a vamp that has some relevant ideas:
The gist is that the source of tension/release in this type of drum solo comes from playing against the vamp (tension) or with the vamp (release). So finding the right balance between the two is the key to success in this kind of solo. I think based on what I heard in your solo that you could afford to get a little further from the vamp (and produce more tension), perhaps by leaving more space, or perhaps something entirely different. In any case, I hope this helps and I would love to hear some more recordings!
Thanks Andrew. I really like the idea or breaking away and touching base at times to keep the band engaged. Will also muster the courage to leave space!
As an accompanist, my first instinct is to just play alternative rhythms and imply the melody a little rather than "speak", which I guess is the next step ... into the abyss without a parachute :)